San Diego: Seaport Village

I spent days consuming the glistening sand of Coronado‘s beaches and hours in a trance glaring at the bright blue color illuminating from La Jolla’s skies. On my final day in San Diego, I decided to visit the sunny Seaport Village.

Window shopping by the waterfront, strolling on the boardwalk, and honouring veterans and current troops at the Maritime Museum. What a wonderful way to spend my last few hours in San Diego.

Again, let us just appreciate the beauty and history present in this environment. San Diego in general was life altering. I admire and value California’s culture at a much greater level because of my heart-stirring experiences in San Diego.

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The art; the music; and the animals. Just a few of my favourite things.

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Wave after wave.

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It wouldn’t be a Seaport Village without some ships.

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Veterans Day spent honouring our troops.

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San Diego: La Jolla

Just a random thought before I start this post. I wonder if every blogger starts blogging because they enjoy writing, need a platform to vent, or have an interest in their niche of choice. Or, do some bloggers go into it already with the intention of making profit? 

Just a thought. 


Welcome to Part 2 of my mini San Diego series. If you tuned into last week’s post, you will remember my personal reflections and appreciations of Coronado. This week, we fly to the breathtaking La Jolla (seriously get ready to be lost for words). Since my last San Diego post focused heavily on my experiences and reactions to the city, this post will be mainly photo driven.

This journey starts off in the Ocean Beach neighbourhood. Let us all just take in those bright blue skies. Vivid and bold colours tend to brighten my mood.

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La Jolla

After spending a few hours in the Ocean Beach neighbourhood – eating ice cream, taking photos, and window shopping – We started our route to the legendary La Jolla. Every Uber driver, San Diego local, and California lover has spoken highly of La Jolla. My crappy iPhone 7 photos do not do this place justice. At this point in the day, it was dark, chilly and gloomy outside. I was too cold to pull out my DSLR. Still though, take in those views.

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OMNIA Nightclub

I am 21 years old and I like to have fun. Even though I was completely satisfied with my busy exploration day, the night was still young. I’ll leave the OMNIA stories out of my post. Those are “friends only” stories. In short, I had a great day AND night. Here are a few pictures I captured.

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San Diego: Coronado

I’ve been contemplating how I should arrange this post. Only two days were spent in San Diego, yet I have enough stories and pictures to last a lifetime. Since my trip was so fascinating, life changing, and beyond breathtaking, I decided to make a mini San Diego series (with a Tijuana post, of course).

Before going to San Diego, my opinions on the city were limited. After visiting the main cities in North Cal, I assumed South California would have the same characteristics. Boy, was I wrong. San Diego was my first South Californian city to visit. It was also the first time I actually felt like I was IN California. Everything I had ever dreamed of coming to this State was present this weekend in San Diego. The array of palm trees everywhere I went, the glowing beaches, and the bright blue skies made me feel like I was living a California dream. As of now, I officially know that California is HOME for me.

Like many of my other posts, this one is heavily pictured.

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While the weather in Sacramento has been rainy the past few weeks (winter has finally hit California), San Diego was fairly sunny. Sunny enough for this Canadian native to jump into a bikini and hit the beach. With so many beaches to choose from, I didn’t know where to go first. Which beach is the best one, I wondered. With our hotel being only a few minutes away from Coronado, we decided to go there.

The walk to Coronado was magnificent. This is where I began seeing California for the surreal State it is. There is something about the layout of this area that appealed to me. I felt like I was in an episode of One Tree Hill. I’m in California, I thought. The little girl inside of me that always dreamed of moving here was feeling all giddy. I’m ACTUALLY in California!

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I adore beaches. The heat, the sand, and the positive vibes surrounding me were gratifying. I sank my bare feet into the warm ground and felt the adrenaline slowly move up my body. I froze up like a mannequin. This beach, here in Coronado, was where I was supposed to be. In that moment, I felt almighty. I felt safe. I can be philosophical about my experience, but I see no point. I think moments like these make you realize your interconnection to the universe. You finally see yourself and your experiences for what they mean. This moment made me understand that I am taking the right path in my life. Sure, career wise I do not know where a Journalism degree might take me. But, I now know what it takes to make myself happy.

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And here I am, feeling comfortable and happy with myself. It’s so weird how your body and soul work. When you feel good mentally, you begin to feel good physically. San Diego was truly a life changing experience. I hope you all stay tuned for this mini series!

UC Berkeley

Ah, the search for graduate school continues. My undergraduate life is coming to an end (CRYING), but a new chapter is about to begin. The big question is… What graduate school should I go to? I need to attend a school that caters towards my program, needs, and views.

Any answers are much appreciated! 

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  • Hoping to get a Master’s in Journalism
  • Want to take elective courses related to my Women’s Studies Minor, like International Relations topics
  • Political views are pretty Liberal, but I want a campus where freedom of speech and opinion is welcomed
  • Even though I’m a graduate student, I still want that college feel
  • I’m a sucker for beautiful architecture
  • I want to be surrounded by hard-working, intelligent people

Now onto the whole reason I wrote this blog post… My trip to UC Berkeley! Berkeley has always been a possible graduate school option for me. It’s renowned for its competitive acceptance rate and academic opportunities. I’ll admit, this university has some outstanding reviews from students, faculty members, and visitors. However, I didn’t realize how well suited this campus was for me until I visited.

The Campus

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Animal Rights Protest in Place

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Sather Tower (The Campanile)

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The Social Life

Work and Social balance is extremely important to me. Even though my academics always come first, I make time to explore and have fun. For a school that is home to some of brightest students in the world, this campus sure knows how to party! I had a wonderful time celebrating Berkeley’s alumni weekend at both a Fraternity party and the Football game (GO BEARS)!

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Fraternity Party

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Outside The Fraternity House

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Football Game

Whether I end up going to Berkeley or not, I had an amazing experience learning about the school’s traditions, cultures, and history. I think fate will definitely lead me to the graduate school that is right for me.

Special shoutout to Serena for giving me a personal tour of the campus!

Lake Tahoe

The serenity I feel consuming the phenomena of the physical world is indescribable.

The mountains, lake, beaches, trees, hiking trails, and even city of the Lake Tahoe region took my breath away. Literally, climbing those mountains was tiring. Visiting Lake Tahoe was a MUST on my California bucket list. Partially because of its close proximity to Sacramento, but the landscape is truly a sight to see.

Though we drove around the perimeter of the whole lake, our main excursions were to South Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, Tahoma, the StateLine (for the casinos), and Sand Harbor.

I want to keep my words to a minimum and let my photos do the talking.

California Side

South Lake Tahoe

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The Nevada Side

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Farm To Fork Festival In Sacramento

I had the best weekend! Blog post done.

Just kidding… My weekend in Sac Town was lively. Can you really blame a girl for wanting to share her happiness with the rest of the world? I don’t think so.

One of my roommates wrote in her journal: “Happy thoughts only.” I think this is an important motto to remember when writing. Even though, I still want to share some of my deeper and more emotional thoughts with you, I want my travel section to remain POSITIVE. Looking back at my travelling adventures, I only want to remember HAPPY THOUGHTS.

Friday Night Lights

This section will be short and sweet (you’ll catch my drift in a bit). A typical Friday night for a bunch of college students was in place. You know the type filled with beers, other drinks, food, music, and more beers. A Sacramento pub called Low Brau has officially become a Nicole favourite. That is where we spent our Friday night. The atmosphere there is homey and fun. It’s just what I like. After a couple of drinks and an incentive to explore, we found ourselves stumbling into a dessert diner. Yes, those apparently exist. Giving us total 1960’s feels, we ordered the most delicious milkshakes and sat for a few hours. What a night!

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Farm To Fork Festival: The Real Fun

Sac Town is apparently America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital (I did not know this). Just like its name, the festival celebrates where the local food comes from. Wearing our comfiest shoes, we spent what seemed like the whole day checking out each local vendor. The free event offered a generous selection of fine food and drinks.

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The Food

Heading to the event, it was our intention to buy lunch there. We would find a vendor that appealed to our tastebuds and purchase lunch from them. But, booths were giving out free samples. And of course, I took each free sample I could get. Cheese, bread, fish tacos, pumpkin pie, cookies, and coffee were handed out for free. After devouring what seemed like my 20th free sample, I was full.

To be fair, we did pay for a fun, interactive wine tasting event held at the festival. California wine really is a marvel.

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The culture and community made this event special to me. Back in Toronto, locally grown foods aren’t celebrated or even acknowledged as much. Seeing thousands of people come out to applaud their local food culture was charming and quite inspiring. In a city that is so diverse with national identities, I appreciate the bond the food culture established for the citizens of Sacramento.

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